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tonight the major new development in the investigation into hunter biden now indicted on new federal gun charges brought by a special counsel. the president's son charged with three counts related to buying and possessing a gun while using narcotics. it comes weeks after his plea deal on tax and gun charges collapsed in court. the response from hunter biden's
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attorneys and how long could he spend in prison if convicted. our legal analysts standing by. also tonight former president donald trump, his reaction to those new hunter biden charges in our nbc news exclusive interview with kristen welker, the new moderator of "meet the press." and as he faces multiple indictments of his own, we ask if he wins back the white house in 2024 will he pardon himself? the state of emergency declared in maine. boston under a tropical storm warning as hurricane lee takes aim at new england. we've got the new track. just hours until the midnight deadline as united auto workers prepare for a historic strike, how far apart are the two sides? guests locked out of their rooms and slot machines with blank screens. the cyber attack causing chaos at las vegas casinos. and the american pulled from a cave in turkey speaking out. the incredible rescue in his own words.
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>> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and welcome. president biden's son, hunter, was indicted on federal gun charges today just months after a plea agreement that would have kept him out of prison unraveled under a judge's scrutiny. instead tonight the younger biden facing three counts related to lying about his drug use when purchasing a firearm, charges that do carry the possibility of prison time. and biden still facing possibility indictment on tax related charges. with the statute of limitations looming on the gun charges, special counsel david weiss, filing the indictment today. the criminal indictment of the son of a sitting president 14 months before the next presidential election opening wide avenues of political attack for republicans who have been investigating hunter biden and the legality of some of his business dealings. ryan nobles has late details. >> reporter: tonight hunter biden under
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criminal indictment and facing the possibility of prison time. >> any comment on the hunter biden investigation, sir? >> reporter: special counsel david weiss not commenting today after handing down three federal felony gun charges against hunter biden for allegedly lying about his drug addiction when he purchased a firearm. two of those charges carrying maximum sentences of ten years in prison. it comes just two months after that controversial plea deal fell apart under a judge's scrutiny. weiss had negotiated an agreement for the president's son to avoid any prison time by going through a pretrial diversion program on the gun charge and pleading guilty to misdemeanor tax charges. republicans had slammed it as a sweetheart deal for the president's son and blasted attorney general merrick garland for choosing weiss as the special counsel to investigate hunter biden. tonight a top republican told us the gun charges are not enough. >> if i rank those crimes 1 through 12 i would rank this one just a 12, and ironically this is the one crime the president's son
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committed you can't tie back to the president. >> reporter: house republicans have opened an impeachment inquiry to investigate whether president biden benefitted from the foreign business dealings of hunter biden and other biden family members. though they presented no direct evidence against president biden yet, and the white house says their investigation has been a bust. >> that's what they've spent all year doing and have turned up with no evidence, none that he did anything wrong. >> reporter: meanwhile tonight one of the two irs whistle blowers to testify to congress that hunter biden was given preferential treatment during the tax investigation is speaking out to nbc news. >> i'm -- i'm a 38-year-old gay man. i'm a -- i'm -- my politics are simple. i am a democrat. >> reporter: joe ziegler telling nbc's tom winter that weiss was not the right choice for special counsel. did there come a point where there were witnesses you wanted to interview that prosecutors said we don't think that's a good idea? >> yes.
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there were multiple witnesses that we wanted to go interview and we were shot down. >> reporter: should the american people have confidence in the outcome of this case? >> there were leads that we didn't follow. there was evidence that we didn't follow. there were things that we didn't do in those five years that were essentially halted from -- from the prosecutors. >> brian, what are hunter biden's attorneys saying tonight? >> reporter: hunter biden's attorneys are saying these charges are not warranted and says maga republicans are interfering in this process. and as for whistle blowers, weiss who is a trump appointee has said that he was acting independently. lester? >> ryan nobles, thank you. we're joined now by senior legal correspondent laura jarrett. what should we make of the timing of this? >> the reality is prosecutors are simply running out of time here. they have five years from when they say he lied about buying that gun in 2018 to bring any charges.
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which means they have to charge by next month or it's all gone. plus even if the facts were straightforward legally, the case is just not a slam dunk. a federal appeals court recently struck down one of the two gun laws being used here as unconstitutional. and of course that's a different case and a different jurisdiction, but it underscores the gamble that prosecutors taking with what's charged here, lester. >> laura jarrett, thank you. we have the exclusive reaction tonight to those new hunter biden charges from former president trump. he sat down today with our kristen welker for his first broadcast interview since leaving the white house. >> mr. president, can you continue to say that there are two systems of justice? >> well, i think there's no question about it. he had a plea deal that was the deal of the century. the art of the deal. you could write a book on it, the art of the deal. and all of a sudden that was broken up by a judge who was able to -- a brilliant judge, actually who was able to see through what was happening. and it's a sad situation. i mean nobody should
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be happy about this. >> more of that interview will air sunday when kristen debuts as moderator of "meet the press," and she joins us now from bedminster, new jersey. kristen, you also asked the former president about the legal challenges he's facing. you brought up the topic of a pardon and he had a pretty interesting answer. >> reporter: lester, that's right. former president trump said it's unlikely he would consider pardoning himself if he were re-elected because he said he did nothing wrong but for the first time revealed he did consider it in his final days in office. mr. president, if you were re-elected, would you pardon yourself? >> i could have pardoned myself. you know what? i was given an option to pardon myself. i could have pardoned myself when i left. people said would you like to pardon yourself? i had a couple of attorneys that said you can do it if you want. i had some people that said it would look bad if you do it because i think it would look terrible. i said here's the story, these people are thugs, horrible people, fascists,
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marxists, sick people. they've been after me from the day i came down the escalator with melania, and i did a great job as president. people are acknowledging great economy, great jobs, great this, great that, rebuilt the military, space -- i could go on forever. the last thing i would do is give myself a pardon. >> and kristen, you also pressed him on abortion rights. >> reporter: lester, that's right. i asked former president trump if he would support a federal ban on abortion. he said he's looking to negotiate a deal. he did not commit to a federal ban for a number of weeks. he did take aim at his gop rival ron desantis for signing a six-week ban into florida law saying that just goes too far. lester? >> kristen, thank you. you can see more of kristen's interview with former president trump on his sunday's edition of "meet the press." also tonight we're tracking the threat from hurricane lee. a state of emergency declared in maine and a tropical storm warning has been issued for boston as
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lee closes in on new england. it comes after days of storms and flooding across the country. let's get more now from kathy park. >> reporter: tonight maine under a state of emergency with its first hurricane watch in 15 years. what are you doing to prepare for the storm? >> i'm going to pull my boat out tonight. >> i feel it's been -- people are taking it more seriously than other storms we've had. >> reporter: most of new england bracing for hurricane lee, expected to churn up dangerous rip currents and storm surge. >> i'm kind of hoping that it's kind of light, and i think it will stay light. but obviously things can change. >> reporter: extreme weather out east fueling lightening and flooding in maryland. and this afternoon more flood waters in atlanta rushing into the dorms of park atlanta university. meanwhile new video revealing the strings of the monsoon storm that roared through arizona this week. sheets of rain making
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it nearly impossible for drivers to see the roads. >> got to pull over because you can't even see. >> reporter: powerful winds and heavy rains sledded the airport at falcon field damaging several planes. >> the wind was so strong, it just blew it into the door, took it down. >> reporter: back in maine clear skies for now as hurricane lee continues to track north. >> kathy joins us now live from portland, maine. what can we expect to see there over the next 48 hours? >> reporter: well, lester, in a bit of good news according to the latest models, it appears that maine will be spared a direct hit from the hurricane. but come saturday things will look very different around here with several inches of rain in the forecast as well as powerful winds. lester? >> kathy park, thanks. and we are closely tracking hurricane lee's path as it moves north toward new england. meteorologist dylan dreyer is here. >> lester, we've been watching this storm for a long time. the storm is moving north right now about 15 miles per hour. it is still going to
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come close enough to new england to impact it a bit, but the storm itself is going to really hit nova scotia especially as we go into saturday. now, we are still expecting maybe about 1 to 3 inches of rain along the new england coast. down east maine could get closer to 4 inches of rain, and it will be close enough to produce wind gusts 40 to 50 miles per hour especially across maine. but even to new york we could see wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour going into saturday morning. keep in mind we're not looking at a major storm surge here about 1 to 3 feet. however anyone going into the water this weekend rip currents will be very dangerous. >> thanks for the update. another major story we're following, the deadline just hours away now for united auto workers threatening to stage an unprecedented strike. and the union of the big three auto makers still appear to be far apart. let's get the latest now from jesse kirsch. >> reporter: after weeks of contentious bargaining between united auto workers and detroit's big three, tonight negotiators running out of roadway.
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can you still get a deal by midnight? >> we don't know. >> reporter: in less than six hours without new contracts the uaw says for the first time ever it'll strike against ford, general motors, and chrysler owned stulanitous sumilltaneously. >> it was a historical offer to protect the jobs and future of our employees and for the people he represents, and we still haven't heard back. >> reporter: gm's president warning a strike has wide reaching consequences. >> it hurts everybody. it hurts our employees. it hurts the communities where these plants are. >> reporter: the uaw says all three companies are still offering a pay bump far short of its demands which include bringing back pensions and retiree, plus the right to strikeover plant closures and cutting the time it makes to make top pay. >> it's totally untenable. we can't sustain our company. we'd go bankrupt in a matter of years.
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>> reporter: if they strike auto workers like michelle thomas will get just $500 from the union each week. food and toiletries already being donated for those in need. >> just have to find ways to make ends meet because it's not just myself. it's two other people i'm responsible for. >> reporter: the uaw reports the initial walk out could target key facilities in three states possibly paralyzing manufacturing. >> once the uaw strikes at a transition plants it pretty much cuts final assembly production almost a day or two. >> reporter: vowing the list of targets will grow. >> this is going to create confusion for the companies, it's going to turbocharge the power for negotiators. >> reporter: the strikes could cost the companies over $5 billion combined each week, plus new car and replacement part availability could eventually be hit depending how long the strike lasts. >> so, jesse, what's the latest status of the negotiations? >> reporter: lester, still no word on agreement. and the white house just said president
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biden today spoke with the uaw president as well as company leaders. meanwhile, ford's ceo says within hours of a potential strike at some facilities there could be layoffs at other facilities. he calls a possible strike chaos. lester? >> jesse kirsch tonight, thank you. in just 60 seconds, slot machine glitches and guests locked out of rooms. the cyber attack on las vegas casino. and the new studies shining light on the mystery what happens when we die. i've never been healthier. shingles doesn't care. but shingrix protects. proven over 90% effective,
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got guests private information. meanwhile another private cyber attack has mgm resorts reeling. miguel almaguer reports. >> reporter: now saying hackers breached their firewalls and hijacked critical data that includes social security and driver's license numbers for customers who signed up for their loyalty program. our partners at cnbc reporting a criminal cyber group demanded a $30 million ransom last week before the casino paid roughly half of it. why is that data so important? >> that data can be used by people that like to commit identity theft to open new credit cards, to get driver's license, to get social security cards, to open a mortgage. >> reporter: in an fcc filing caesars entertainment says we have taken steps to ensure that it stolen data is deleted by the unauthorized actor, although we cannot
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guarantee this result. the confirmed cyber attack the first of two reported just days apart. earlier this week just down the vegas strip at mgm, slot machines suddenly went down. guests waited for hours to check in, and atms were off-line. the fbi is now investigate what many experts already believe. did the same cyber criminals who hacked caesars also hack mgm? the question now, are they holding personal data from that casino for ransom? with mgm saying today they are working diligently to resolve our cyber security issue, tonight it appears luck has run out for two major casinos. miguel almaguer, nbc news. we have a new development, a story we brought you here last night. this luxury cruise ship stuck in the mud off the coast of greenland for three days was finally pulled free today by a research vessel. the luxury liner with more than 200 people onboard is headed to port so passengers can
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explains. >> reporter: the moments after death -- >> mr. pendleton, you know where you are, don't you? >> reporter: hollywood imagined warren beatty greeted in "heaven too late." keefer sutherland and kevin bacon revisited their sins in "flat liners." mary curran hackett experienced none of thing. >> it's like going home and there's nothing to be afraid of. >> reporter: the cincinnati writer's heart stopped for several minutes in the hospital in 2004. >> and i could see everything, feel everything, hear everything even though i know now i was medically dying. i felt an overwhelming rush and almost a pressure being pulled, almost like a force field being pulled back into my body and then i woke up and saw the doctors i'd been seeing working on me.
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>> reporter: a study published today. it found people who went into cardiac arrest and brought back to life by cpr almost 40% had a recollection of dying. >> we found normal brain electrical activity consistent with the types of things we all have when we're fully conscious. >> reporter: what did your study show about what happens to the brain after the heart stops? >> contrary to the way doctors have been taught that after the heart stops, the brain does not die. it hibernates and shows the ability to recover even an hour longer afterwards. >> reporter: parnia and hackett are working on a book. hackett hopes it will make us think. >> if you talk about how you're going to die or what's going to happen when you die, it frames how you are going to live. and what could be more impactful? >> reporter: as science tries to unlock the mystery of death. anne thompson, nbc
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>> reporter: there were moments mark dickey says when he thought he wasn't getting out of that turkish cave alive. >> i'm feeling very good compared today where i started off on this rescue. >> reporter: speaking from a hospital room in turkey alongside his fiancee and fellow caver, jessica van ord, he described the harrowing ordeal. >> at first it was i have no idea what's going on but it's probably not life threatening into this is life threatening, i need help. >> reporter: van ord climbed more than 3,000 feet out of the cave after dickey became suddenly ill, vomiting blood. >> i want to say i was definitely fit for that job and then get back as soon as possible and coordinating a rescue while up on the surface if necessary. >> reporter: what started as an exploration expedition turned into a massive international rescue effort. >> there's lots of different medical terminology but circling the drain is one form, and i was down pretty down deep in that drain. >> reporter: at times he says he was only
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semiconscious. rescuers gave him a blood transfusion. >> i'm going to need a lot of help to get out of here. >> reporter: loaded on a stretcher dickey was pulled up to safety after an arduous 57-hour effort. >> cave rescue workers and their families, they did all the work to get me out. >> reporter: thankful he says and not surprised that the tight-knit caving community answered his call. stephanie gosk, nbc news. >> that's "nightly news" for this thursday. thank you for watching, everyone. i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night.
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